Gekas was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg in 2000, and went on to receive bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Women's Studies from Penn State University. She attended multiple Penn State campuses during her undergraduate career, but settled near the main campus in State College to begin her career as a women's health advocate. She managed a health clinic until 2004, when moved to Vermont.
Before going back to school in 2008, Gekas worked on a court-mandated domestic violence intervention program, and as the Food Stamp Policy Specialist at Hunger Free Vermont. While studying for her M.S. in Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont, Gekas spent over two years as a policy advocate for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group helping promote and pass health care reform and consumer protection legislation.
Central Dauphin Senior High School (2000)
Bachelor's degrees in Political Science, Women's Studies, from Penn State University (2005)
Master's in Community Development & Applied Economics, Transportation Access & Quality of Life Among Low-Income Mothers from the University of Vermont (2012)
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